Nine refugees killed by leftover bomb blasts in Mosul

Smoke rises from clashes in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Mosul ( Nine Iraqis were killed by the explosion of a bombs left over in their homes in western Mosul, an Iraqi news channel reported on Wednesday.

Al-Rafidain quoted a source at Nineveh police service saying that six refugees the same family were killed when a bomb left over by Islamic State militants went off at their home in al-Thawra neighborhood in western Mosul. They had just returned from refugee camps, according to the source.

Another lady and two of her children were also killed in a similar incident in Tammuz district, again upon their return from a refugee camp.

Explosives planted by Islamic State militants during their occupation of several Iraqi cities have occasionally killed civilians and security personnel as Iraqi forces began to retake those regions.

Iraqi troops, backed by a U.S.-led coalition, took over Mosul from Islamic State militants early July, ending more than eight months of operations. IS members have frequently been accused of booby-trapping civilians’ houses to hinder assaulting troops, and of using civilians as human shields.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September.

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